Protect your face at any price.
Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate: What a name. This guy works with Shiso Leaf and plant-based glycerin to lock in moisture. It’s a stiff gel–almost waxy in look–that dissolves into a very thin, silky, watery liquid upon contact. This one may be best suited to those who want a hydrating serum but don’t want to feel like they are adding any dewiness or shine to their face (oilier skin types?).
Available at Kiehl’s, The Bay and Holt Renfrew for $58.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum: This is a really beautiful serum–the soft gel instantly melts into the skin and immediately leaves a hydrated, supple texture to the skin, feeling like you’ve drenched your skin in moisture. Absorbs on contact, so no need to worry about pilling like with the Hydraluron. Hydrates with hyaluronic acid and Aquabioryl to replenish the skin and reinforce the skin’s natural barrier. This serum has the most luxurious texture of the three. P.S. Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Night Spa is a dream of a hydrating mask.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart for around $36.
Hydraluron: This was one of my first hydrating serums, and for around $20, you can’t beat the prices. This clear, somewhat firm gel takes a few minutes to absorb, but works a charm. Made with hyaluronic acid and red marine algae which ensures maximum delivery of hydration to the skin. Be sure to apply this in a super thin layer; you don’t really need to use that much and if you apply too much, it will pill off when you’re applying your makeup. Good for all skin types.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart for around $20.